Helpful Housing Tips
- There is no universal standard for accessible housing. Beware of apartment managers that state the apartment is accessible for a resident with a physical disability such as use of a wheelchair due to limited mobility issues which will require widened doors, lowered cabinets, etc.
- It’s worth the effort to view the apartment in person to ensure that all your specific requirements are met such as accessibility characteristics, and feelings of safety and comfort in surrounding neighborhood.
- Obtain crime statistics for the neighborhood and specific apartment complex that you are considering. You can obtain this report from your local police department.
- Budget wisely. Know your upfront costs, such as deposits, pet fees, and administration/application fees.
- Consider renter’s insurance to cover your valuables.
- If you are interested in a property that has a waiting list, then we recommend you should get on the list as soon as possible. It is very hard to find safe and accessible housing for older adults and disabled. Being on the waiting list doesn’t obligate you to sign a lease; it provides you with more opportunities.
- Always call or go by in person to the property to inquire about current pricing and availability- rates can changes weekly! Remember to put your best self forward. Not only are you interviewing the Property but they are interviewing you as well!